Wednesday 15 July 2015

A Court Of Thorns And Roses: Sarah J. Maas | Review | FTM

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

-  Goodreads Synopsis

This Review Will Be SPOILER-FREE

Sarah J. Maas is a very well known fantasy author. I personally really love her writing, and the stories she creates so obviously I was very excited for this to come out. I expected nothing but great things because I had loved Throne of Glass so much!

When I first started to read this, I noticed how descriptive the writing was. That was an aspect of this book which I thought was very enjoyable because it was so easy to visualize what was going on, it felt like you were experiencing what was happening in the novel.

An aspect that I was really looking forward to was the fact that this book is New Adult. It wasn't for any particular reason besides the fact that I've only read YA and Adult. There was a sense of maturity in the writing and obviously in some particular scenes. I feel like this book was trying so hard to be the next epic adult fantasy series, which it does have a lot of potential to become that since it is only the first book. However, this book wasn't as memorable as her past series, Throne Of Glass. 

Something that is very important in fantasy books is the world building. World building is something that can be very beautiful and intricate. Or it can be something that is put onto you for the sake of telling you in a way that is too informative. One of the things that really pulled my rating down for this book was the world building. This book was incredibly slow paced, and the world building is something that made it slow in my eyes. In random points in the book, you'd get a history session and it just wouldn't be that interesting.

Besides the pacing of this book, Sarah J. Maas created a wonderful and intriguing world. The world she created is so dark, and mysterious.

Like any other Sarah J. Maas book, the characters in this book are awesome. While they do not even compare to the Throne Of Glass characters, they are great in their own ways. I did find that they were a little blank for me, there wasn't really any edge to them. They were very straight toned.

While I was reading this book, I was heavily influenced by others. So many people loved this novel to pieces and I was the odd one out. Sarah J. Maas being Sarah J. Maas really clouded my judgement for a while, I kept telling myself that I would love it just as much as everybody else but that just wasn't the situation. I have great confidence that Sarah will continue to improve this series as the years go by.

Overall, I liked this book. It had great writing and a great story. It's only downfall was the pacing and the world building. Sometimes you just have to accept that your favourite authors won't always produce amazing, amazing books. While this book was still amazing, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you love romance then I think you'd love this book, if you're not that into romance maybe stay clear. Also if you're into Game Of Thrones, definitely check this one out!

(Warning, if you have read the Throne Of Glass series and you are still around the age of (10-13ish) I don't suggest reading this book. The writing is a lot more dense then most books preteens would usually read and I personally don't think you'd enjoy the romance. I actually read a young girls review, and she only had negative things to say about certain aspects such as the romance.) 

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